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Clinical Service Lead for Mental Health Support Team (MHST)

South London & Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust
£56,388 to £62,785 per annum inclusive of HCAs
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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Mental health
Band 8A
Contract Type
Full Time
Croydon CAMHS Mental Health Support Team (MSHT) is service designed to help meet the mental health needs of children and young people (CYP) in education settings.

The post holder will provide operational and strategic leadership across the three MHST core functions:
  • Delivering evidence-based interventions for mild-to-moderate mental health issues
  • Supporting the senior mental health lead in each education setting to introduce or develop their whole school approach to mental health and wellbeing
  • Giving timely advice to school and college staff, and liaising with external specialist services to help children and young people get the right support and stay in education.

  • Main duties of the job

    The post holder will further be responsible to support local workforce development in the line with local and national transformation plans.

    Operational: covers the structural management of the teams, including clear lines of reporting and how they function in line with education and mental health governance.

    Quality assurance: ensuring the MHST Hubs are delivering consistent, high-quality mental health support, care and interventions, with appropriate and adequate clinical supervision

    Strategic: monitoring key outcomes and implementing regular evaluations to allow for continued learning, innovation and improvement.

    Stay up to date of national programmes for MHST for workforce development and funding wave applications through links with NHS England (NHSE) and Department for Education (DfE) partners.

    Work in collaboration with stakeholders, partners and school communities towards systemic change that supports advancing mental health equality and narrowing health inequalities and disadvantage.

    o Having oversight of training relevant to the MHST workforce and linking in regularly with the HEI

    o Providing service assurance of placement suitability for EMHP in training.

    Planning, developing, delivering and evaluating services in partnership with CYP, parents/carers, schools through participation and co-production.

    About us

    We aspire to bring education, health and families together, working collaboratively to support the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people based on their own life experiences and the uniqueness of their school community, whether they are thriving, coping or would benefit from getting help.

    Our service is underpinned by principles from the MHST Manual (NHS England, 2019) and Children and Young People - Improving Access to Psychological Therapies (CYP-IAPT):
    • Value and facilitate authentic participation of young people, parents, carers and communities at all levels of the service
    • Provide evidence-based practice and are flexible and adaptive to changes in evidence
    • Are committed to raising awareness of mental health issues in children and young people, and are active in decreasing stigma around mental ill-health
    • Demonstrate that they are accountable by adopting the rigorous monitoring of the clinical outcomes of the service, and
    • Actively work to improve access and engagement with services

    Job description

    Job responsibilities

    Clinical and Client Care

    To provide assessments, formulations and interventions for clients referred to the Mental Health Support Team and /or to offer supervision to other members of the team in providing those.

    Support and empower children, young people and families to make informed choices about the intervention.

    To support children and young people experiencing mild to moderate mental health difficulties and their families in the self-management of presenting difficulties.

    To work in partnership with families to provide culturally appropriate psychological interventions with carers or families of referred clients when required.

    To assess and monitor risk and draw up appropriate risk management plans.

    To act as care co-ordinator taking responsibility for the oversight of cases within the Mental Health Support team.

    Provide support for EMHPs and CWPs in using CYP IAPT compliant routine outcome measures.

    Ensure clear objectives are identified, discussed and reviewed with EMHPs and CWPs on a regular basis as part of their continuing professional development.

    Contributing to team or service clinical functioning

    To contribute to the effective working of the team or service and to a psychologically informed framework for the service.

    To contribute to the team or services delivery of accessible and acceptable services to diverse local communities.

    To be proactive in challenging discrimination and support the development of culturally competent services.

    To advise other members of the service on specialist psychological care of clients.

    Where appropriate to liaise with referrers, GPs and other professionals concerned with clients in order to develop and review care plans.

    To utilise theory, evidence-based literature and research to support evidence based practice in individual work and work with other team members.

    Policy and service development

    To implement policies and procedures in own area of work, and to propose improvements or beneficial changes.

    To contribute to service development through undertaking and participating in appropriate projects related to the EMHP training programmes.

    To contribute to the consultation and engagement of service users in planning and delivering services which meet the needs of local communities.

    Care or management of resources

    To take care of, and use carefully, the Trusts equipment and physical resources.

    To ensure that the post-holder has sufficient resources by estimating future needs and requesting or ordering supplies as needed.

    Management and supervision

    To select cases for the trainee and trained EMHP and CWP workers so that targeted psychological assessments, formulations and interventions for clients can be achieved.

    To provide intensive supervision to EMHP trainees and supervision of b5 practitioners

    To provide supervision to b6 and 7 qualified practitioners

    To contribute to appraisals

    To contribute to the recruitment of trainees and Practitioners.

    Access own supervision.

    Teaching and Training

    To undertake occasional teaching and training of EMHPs and CWPs

    To contribute to the development of the knowledge and skills base within the Mental Health Support service by maintaining an active awareness of current developments in psychology and the trailblazer developments and by implementing knowledge gained in training to practice.

    Where appropriate to disseminate research and service evaluation findings through presentations and published articles.

    Record-keeping and Information Governance

    To ensure that all information generated by own work is recorded as required by Trust policies. The HEI and local procedures.

    To maintain the highest standards of clinical record keeping and report writing, according to professional and Trust guidelines, including electronic data entry.

    Research and development

    To initiate, undertake, support and supervise service evaluation and audits

    To provide expertise in a specialist research area, which will contribute to the Mental Health Support team.

    To initiate and implement the development of outcome measurement and assessment and assist other staff in the implementation of same.

    Maintaining professional standards and continuing professional development

    To receive regular clinical and professional supervision from a more senior clinician according to Professional and Trust guidelines.

    To ensure own Continuing Professional Development in line with Professional and Trust Personal Development Plan requirements and Standards for Continuing Professional Development.

    To maintain an up-to-date knowledge of current developments in professional and clinical practice and of relevant legislation and policies.

    To comply with Professional Standards of Conduct, Performance and Ethics and Standards of Proficiency, and ensure professional development in line with these.

    To adhere to Professional Practice Guidelines and Trust policies and procedures.


    To travel to as appropriate and across the Trust when required.

    To be aware of risk relating to aggressive and challenging behaviour amongst the client group, and follow trust policies relating to its management.

    To respond appropriately and professionally to emotionally distressing situations and to support others involved in such situations.

    Person Specification



    • oHighly developed knowledge of the theory and practice of evidence based therapies for child and adolescents
    • oAdvanced theoretical knowledge of psychosocial theories of mental health and the evidence base for the relevant treatment
    • oKnowledge of legislation in relation to the client group and mental health issues, child and adult protection, and equalities. (A/I/R)
    • oTo plan allocation of tasks to trainees and practitioners in the Mental Health Support team
    • oAbility to work effectively within a multi-disciplinary team, contributing to effective team functioning and holding team roles



    • oQualifications and Professional Registration : Entry-level qualification: appropriately registered Clinical/Counselling psychologist, Systemic Family Therapist, Psychotherapist, Nurse, CBT Therapist (A/I)
    • Completed training course in clinical supervision. (A/I/R)
    • oEvidence of continuing professional development as required by relevant Professional body e.g. HCPC/UKCP, RCN, BABCP (A/I)



    • Evidence of having worked as a clinical specialist with Children & young People under supervision
    • Evidence of undertaking specailsit psychological assessments adn treatement of Children & young People in a CAMHS setting
    • Experience of supervising, teaching and training
    • oPost-qualification experience that supports working with, and addressing issues of, diversity within local communities.
    • Experience of carrying out research, audit or service evaluation projects.


    • Experience of leadership within a CAMHS setting
    • Experience of workign within schools
    • Experience of workign with new workforce e.g. CWP
    • oCompletion of an appropriate IAPT supervision training ie. Post Graduate Certificate in CYP IAPT Supervision

    Employer details

    Employer name

    South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust


    Croydon CAMHS

    Christopher Wren House


    CR0 1QG

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